Ramsbottom Festival 2014

This festival is a little gem and is a perfect way to round off my festival season. Here are a few of my reasons:

Music- a diverse, top quality group of acts, established international musicians, emerging artists and DJs. Not surprising given the festival is run by David Agnew and his team from the Bury Met. One of the features you will notice is the quality from the first band to the last. Headliners this year are the Levellers, British Sea Power and Soul II Soul.

Inclusive- Manages to provide a range of activities which make it ideal for families while still having the full music festival feel later in the day. Plenty of non-music activities. I’m looking forward to Shadowplay (Fri/Sat) and a bit of Bollywood dance training (Sun).

Food and Drink- Real ale tent and a fine selection of good food at sensible non-festival prices.

Stages- as well as the Main stage there are 3 other stages providing plenty of choices. You can even see the main stage from the beer tent. One of the stages is set in the cricket clubhouse with bar and, (i’ll whisper this quietly), real toilets so no excuse there.

Tickets- Adult day tickets are £24 (Fri) and £26 (Sat and Sunday), Under 16 £6 and under 6 free. Weekend tickets particularly good value for under 16s at just £11, adults weekend £66 with family tickets available. Not bad value for up to 25 hours of entertainment over 3 days. To put this in perspective It would cost you a minimum of £20 to get hold of a ticket to see any of the top acts and the beer would cost far more.

Location and venue- Not difficult to get to. No parking on site but I have never had trouble finding a place in one of the local car parks in the town. Venue is small and compact and works very well.

Weather- Late September festivals can get a little chilly when the sun goes down so be prepared. The site has indoor stages where you can take refuge or if the rain arrives. The ground doesn’t get muddy as you would expect being on a cricket pitch. Good news is the weather is looking dry and sunny for the weekend so no rain photos this year with sun glasses and sun cream in the bag.

I fell in love with this festival the first year it opened and they have been improving it each year. Its a fabulous weekend or if you can’t make the weekend go for a day. You will not regret it.

Plenty more information, tickets, lineup, activities, location etc. on the festival website. I’m taking photos again so I hope to see you there.

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